Carnegie Corporation of New York and the International Development Research Centre Announce Joint Research Initiative on Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa

Carnegie Corporation of New York and the International Development Research Centre have announced the Eliciting and Applying Local Research Knowledge for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding initiative, a jointly funded research program designed to increase the level of recognition and utilization of local peace-building and state-building expertise and capacity in post-conflict contexts where challenges are most acute, with a specific emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.

The joint venture will focus on answering questions that generate new or heretofore undervalued insights about how sustainable and inclusive peace- and state-building processes can best be attained. It also will seek to bring these insights to the attention of relevant scholarly, policy, and practitioner communities.

Both organizations are committed to promoting local scholarly expertise to inform policies and debates on peacebuilding and statebuilding. The goal for both organizations is to provide a more comprehensive account of peacebuilding and statebuilding successes from African perspectives.

The initiative offers two separate tracks of support for eligible scholars, each in accordance with the legal and operational guidelines of CCNY, a U.S.-based private grantmaking foundation, and the IDRC, a Canadian Crown corporation which supports research in developing countries.

The Carnegie track is open primarily to U.S.-based public agencies, universities, and public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or their equivalent. CCNY is issuing a Call for Proposals to complement the recently launched African Peacebuilding Network, a Carnegie Corporation-funded initiative led by the New York City-based Social Science Research Council. CCNY will fund proposals that respond to a broader set of questions related to eliciting and applying local knowledge on peacebuilding and statebuilding. CCNY anticipates making initial grants in the $250,000 to $350,000 range. Initial Letters of Inquiry for the Carnegie track will be accepted until May 15, 2012.

The IDRC track is open to institutions located in Africa. The IDRC will fund proposals that complement those funded by CCNY but will focus on a much more narrow sub-set of peacebuilding and statebuilding, namely on assessing how political settlements can foster public confidence in peacebuilding and statebuilding processes. The center anticipates issuing grants for up to a maximum of $400,000. Research grant proposals for the IDRC track will be accepted from June 1 to August 31, 2012.

Successful applicants will be awarded two-year research grants. It is up to the proposing institution to determine the amount of funds they require to complete the research and to present research objectives and methodologies that are feasible within this timeframe.

For complete program information, research questions, and application procedures, visit the CCNY Web site.